King Xenos has a heart cold as ice from a childhood curse, so how is it that he is the only one who could save Princess Johara?
Johara thinks there must be a mistake when Xenos takes her north to be his queen, but the rest of her life must be spent living in a gloomy castle with a cold husband.
However, things might not all be as they appear. Xenos’s passion is nothing close to cold, and Johara knows there is more to his curse than he’s telling her. Will Johara turn to ice when pressured with the cold, or will Xenos set her heart aflame?
Kiss of the Fey is the 3rd book I’ve read that was written by a blogger I follow, and I don’t know why I’m still getting surprised by how much I enjoy the writing of my fellow bloggers. That was presumably the reason I followed them in the first place. In any case, I wasn’t expecting too much out of Kiss of the Fey, but it proved to be not only well-developed and eminently readable, but fun!
Kiss of the Fey is a fantasy romance novel by Charlotte Cyprus (Kindle version available on Amazon for $0.99), and while it’s not a literary revolution (and I caught a dozen or so typos), there are absolutely zero major issues with this story. The characters feel familiar, but are developed and entertaining. The plot is suspenseful and never drags. The sex scenes are fun but tasteful, and moreover often work towards elucidating aspects of the leads’ characters. I started reading the book while I was waiting for an event to start, and I was actually excited to get home and keep reading it.
As a fairy tale fan, I liked the integration of fairy magic into the story; it isn’t based on any specific fairy tale that I could tell, but incorporates several elements of this type of story. Magic is integral to the plot, but luckily Cyprus is not a lazy writer so it’s not simply an easy way to solve any and all plot complications. The worldbuildling is also nicely subtle.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to any fan of the fantasy romance genre. I think it would be a great book to curl up with on a snowy day…maybe also with some Bailey’s hot chocolate.
Tl;dr 4/5 stars